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Weekly Pause and Ponder

Remember, mystery isn’t something that you cannot understand – it is something that you can endlessly understand! There is no point at which you can say, “I’ve got it!”  Always and forever, mystery gets you!  Circling around is all we can do.

Richard Rohr. Introduction in The Divine Dance:The Trinity and Your Transformation.


Step Aside Blueberries: Here Comes Haskaps  

A new Canadian species of fruit has shown up in our Farmers Market last summer—haskap berries. Haskap is the Japanese name of the Ainu people of Northern Japan for fruit meaning “berry of long life and good vision.” The berry has a very high anti-oxidant level (higher than blueberry), high in vitamin C and A, and also high in fibre and potassium.

The species is native to the boreal forests of Asia, Europe, and North America. When the fruit was introduced to Alberta, Canada in the 1950’s the fruit was very bitter and not palatable. The University of Saskatchewan took on a big initiative of perfecting the species and making it more adaptable for Canadian growing and usage. Today the berry has a unique raspberry/blueberry flavour with a bit of zing to it. The fruit of the haskap plant is oblong in shape with a dusty indigo colour. Besides home usage like juicing, baking, and berry preserving, the food industry is also interested in getting in on the prize for their marketing. It can be used as food colouring, for textile dyes and perhaps someday you may even find it sold as a really good burgundy wine.

The plant attracts few pests, has no thorns, no suckers, tends to fruit when young and ripens very early in the spring even before strawberries. What is interesting about haskap is that it is drought and cold climate friendly. There are at least five varieties of haskap seedlings available on the open market. It is important to know that when planting haskap there must be a pollinator plant close by. For example, say you want to plant five plants of the Tundra variety. There must be a different variety like Boreallis to act as the pollinator for the other five plants. Bees and insects will carry pollen from one flower to another once that arrangement is in place. Because haskaps are the first spring plants to flower they provide a major source of food for bees, flies and other insects.

It is hopeful that someday this berry can grow as plentiful as the blueberry. Wouldn’t that be great if this new species could grow in areas most needed where good nutrition is lacking.


*½ cup crushed berries
*3 tbsp. cider vinegar
*½ cup olive oil
*½ tsp. sugar
*1 tsp. Dijon mustard
*Salt to taste

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well. Pour into a container and serve on greens of any kind or try it on a wild rice and walnut salad.


Rita Godon, CSJ
On behalf of the Federation Ecology Committee

The Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada is made up of three Congregations: The Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada, The Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Saint Marie and The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto.



St. Joseph’s proud nursing history is on display in Toronto

St. Joseph’s illustrious nursing history is being spotlighted at the Ontario legislature in Toronto as part of a program that provides organizations across the province with an opportunity to showcase their treasures and share their stories with a wide audience.

The Legislative Assembly welcomes thousands of visitors every year and provides exhibit space for museums, community associations, archives, and art galleries in the Legislative Building. There are several exhibit cases dedicated to the Community Exhibits Program in the west wing gallery and organizations can apply to share their stories and history.

A joint exhibit between St. Joseph’s and the Sisters of St. Joseph has been accepted and will be showcased from March 29 through early July. The theme is the nursing training school, titled “Nursing Nightingales Whose Lamps Burned Bright.”

Forty years after Florence Nightingale opened the first scientifically-based nursing school, the Sisters of St. Joseph opened St. Joseph’s Training School of Nursing in London. The Sisters recognized that a faith-based education, following the scientific model established by Florence Nightingale, would provide young women with both the skills and compassion they needed, explains Mary Kosta, Congregational Archivist for the Sisters of St. Joseph. The challenges of providing exceptional nursing education were met with fortitude by the religious community, and without government support, the nursing school opened in 1901. Until 1970, the nursing graduates kept Florence Nightingale’s lamp burning bright.

The joint exhibit, which features artifacts and photos, traces the early history of nursing education in London, with a focus on two nursing students in the years preceding the two World Wars – Jean Pye and Bernice Farr.

The St. Joseph's Training School of Nursing was eventually renamed the St. Joseph’s Regional School of Nursing. In 1970, it became part of the Fanshawe College Nursing Program, and was known as the St. Joseph’s Campus. By 1977, the St. Joseph’s Campus closed, ending 75 years of faith-based nursing education.

“We are thrilled to share the remarkable history of nursing education at St. Joseph’s and in London with the many visitors to Ontario’s legislature,” says Noelle Tangredi, a member of the St. Joseph’s Historical Committee which maintains the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Nursing School Artifact Collection and the heritage exhibit space at St. Joseph’s Hospital. “It is a history of which we are most proud and to celebrate it broadly in the meeting place of the province’s government is very meaningful.”

The Legislative Building is open from 8 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday; and seven days a week during the summer months (Victoria Day to Labour Day, weekends and holidays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm).

Exhibits in the Legislative Building are available for viewing by joining a guided tour, which run every hour Monday to Friday (excluding holidays), from 9 am to 5 pm. Starting May 19 and through the summer, tours are also available on the weekends.

The joint exhibit will move to the heritage corner of St. Joseph’s Hospital sometime in the summer. Watch for details and be sure to visit.

Photos courtesy of: Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada Archives

First Photo: The exhibit was transported to Toronto and set up by Ruth Teevin, left, Mary Kosta, Archivist, Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, and Noelle Tangredi.

Second Photo: Jean Pye was one of the first two students to graduate from the St. Joseph’s Training School of Nursing based on a written examination. She received her diploma in 1902.

Article Source: St. Joseph's Health Care London


Weekly Pause & Ponder

Hope is what you get when you suddenly realize that a different worldview is possible, a worldview in which the rich, the powerful, and the unscrupulous do not after all have the last word. The same worldview shift that is demanded by the resurrection of Jesus is the shift that will enable us to transform the world.

N.T. Wright.  www.google.com


Weekly Pause & Ponder

Resurrection… ushered in a new dimension of being, a new dimension of life in which, in a transformed way, matter too was integrated and through which a new world emerges. It is clear that this event is not just some miracle from the past, the occurrence of which could be ultimately a matter of indifference to us. It is a qualitative leap in the history of “evolution” and of life in general toward a new future life, toward a new world which, starting from Christ, already continuously permeates this world of ours, transforms it and draws it to itself.

Pope Benedict the XVl, quoted in The Emergent Christ by Ilia Delio, p.74.                 

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